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Book Review: Colossus

May 11th, 2015

An Indian driver and his enormous war-elephant experience the treacheries and triumphs of Alexander the Great’s Babylon campaign

Book Review: The Dream Lover

April 19th, 2015
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The passionate, unconventional life of novelist George Sand forms the backdrop for Elizabeth Berg’s new novel

Book Review: The Architect’s Apprentice

March 25th, 2015
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A young boy and his gorgeous white elephant become apprenticed to the greatest architect of the Ottoman Empire in this stunning new novel by the author of “The Bastard of Istanbul”

Book Review: The Fifth Heart

March 18th, 2015
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In Dan Simmons’ latest fantastic novel, Henry James finds himself teamed up with fiction’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, in order to solve a very real – and very heartbreaking – mystery.

Book Review: Lady of the Eternal City

March 2nd, 2015
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Sabina, the wife of the enigmatic Roman emperor Hadrian, is beset by enemies in Rome – and safeguards a secret they’d all kill to know …

Book Review: Hereward – The End of Days

February 24th, 2015

Driven into hiding by the victorious forces of William the Conqueror, the heroic Hereward the Wake and his band of freedom fighters must struggle to survive

Book Review: The Accidental Empress

February 21st, 2015
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A strong-willed Bavarian princess captures the eye of the young Austro-Hungarian emperor in Allison Pataki’s opulent new historical novel. Steve Donoghue reviews.

Book Review: The Empty Throne

January 3rd, 2015
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Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Tales continue with a lean, gripping tale of blood and armor

Those Rascally Parthians! An Interview with author Andrew Levkoff

January 1st, 2015
Those Rascally Parthians! An Interview with author Andrew Levkoff

Open Letters Monthly interviews the author of Blood of Eagles, book three of the Bow of Heaven series.

In Paperback: Rhett Butler’s People

September 28th, 2014
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Donald McCaig’s energetic retelling of Margaret Mitchell’s beloved “Gone with the Wind” gets a new paperback reprint

Book Review: Sisters of Treason

July 19th, 2014
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Lady Jane Grey was famously Queen of England for less than a fortnight before being executed by Queen Mary I; Elizabeth Fremantle’s new book takes us into the world of Lady Jane’s two sisters, adrift in a royal court that can’t afford to trust them.

Book Review: The Medici Boy

April 14th, 2014
Book Review: The Medici Boy

Through the eyes of an assistant, a new novel by an American master shows us the life and torturous loves of the great Renaissance artist Donatello

Book Review: The Red Lily Crown

April 2nd, 2014
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A bookseller’s daughter, a mad alchemist Medici prince, and a heroic Cornishman move the plot of Elizabeth Loupas’s hugely enjoyable new historical novel

Book Review: A King’s Ransom

March 18th, 2014
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The larger-than-life story of captivity and struggles of King Richard the Lionheart

Book Review: A Burnable Book

March 4th, 2014
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14th century court poet John Gower is brought in by his friend Geoffrey Chaucer to solve the mystery of a book whose very existence threatens the realm

Book Review: The Queen’s Dwarf

February 27th, 2014
The Queen’s Dwarf

A quick-witted and bilingual dwarf is planted in the household of England’s foreign queen in order to spy on her – but he comes to esteem her, outcast to outcast

Book Review: Girl on the Golden Coin

February 26th, 2014
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An exceptional beauty entices King Charles II and ascends to the heights of the Merry Monarch’s court

Book Review: My Name is Resolute

February 8th, 2014
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The life of one remarkable woman – told against the backdrop of American colonies boiling toward revolution – forms the narrative of Nancy Turner’s sumptuously old-fashioned new historical novel

Book Review: Under the Wide and Starry Sky

January 14th, 2014
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From the best-selling author of “Loving Frank” comes the story of Fanny Osbourne, the wife of Robert Louis Stevenson

Book Review: The Spanish Queen

October 29th, 2013
The Spanish Queen

King Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, takes center stage in a new novel by Tudor historian Carolly Erickson

Book Review: Royal Inheritance

September 8th, 2013
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Pretty young Audrey has grown up in the Tudor court thinking she’s the daughter of King Henry VIII’s tailor – but what if her real father is the king himself?

Book Review: The White Princess

August 1st, 2013
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“The Cousins’ War” – Philippa Gregory’s ongoing novelization of the Wars of the Roses – reaches an epic turning point in her latest book, about the precarious founding of the Tudor dynasty

Book Review: Night Pilgrims

July 28th, 2013

The latest events in the life of immortal, imperturbable Count Saint-Germain find him in Crusades-era Egypt

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July 27th, 2013
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Rousing naval action and atmospheric period drama share the stage in S. Thomas Russell’s latest novel, by any other name

In Paperback: The Malice of Fortune

June 22nd, 2013
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Two of the most famous names of the Italian Renaissance – Machiavelli and Leonardo Da Vinci – team up to untangle a series of horrific murders!

Book Review: Sacred Games

May 22nd, 2013
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As if the tensions between Athens and Sparta at the 80th Olympiad weren’t bad enough, now there’s a dead Spartan – and the chief suspect is Athenian. Young everyman investigator Nico is on the case.

Book Review: Roses Have Thorns

April 3rd, 2013
Book Review: Roses Have Thorns

A young Swedish girl travels to England and becomes a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I herself

Book Review: The Chalice

April 2nd, 2013
Book Review: The Chalice

An intelligent, sensitive Dominican novice finds herself at the heart of passionate conspiracies in the England of Henry VIII

Book Review: The Tale of Raw Head & Bloody Bones

March 30th, 2013
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Jack Wolf’s risk-taking debut explores the boundaries of insanity and rationality

Classics Reissued: Shadows and Strongholds

March 24th, 2013
Shadows and Strongholds

In a welcome reprint, a brave but untried young 12th century knight must learn how to fight – and take a bride

Book Review: All the Light There Was

March 19th, 2013
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In this historical novel, the Armenian community of Paris negotiates the arrival of the Nazis – and a young girl navigates her first romance

Book Review: After Rome

March 14th, 2013
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When Roman troops left Britain forever, the locals were forced to fend for themselves – and in Morgan Llywelyn’s latest historical novel, two cousins take two very different approaches to a world after Rome.

Book Review: The Aviator’s Wife

February 9th, 2013

A new novel tells the story of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, famous author and wife of an even more famous jerk.

Book Review: The Midwife’s Tale

January 10th, 2013
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A formidable York midwife must use all her skill and human insight to save the life of a friend accused of murder

Entitled to Extravagance: Some Historical Fictions of Anthony Burgess

December 1st, 2012
Entitled to Extravagance: Some Historical Fictions of Anthony Burgess

Some of Anthony Burgess’ most accomplished inventions roam into the past, to Shakespeare and Marlowe’s England and Jesus’ Judea. How well has his historical fiction stood up across the years?

Book Review: Kafka in Love

November 29th, 2012

Franz Kafka was eternally affianced but never married – maybe more in love with the concept of love than with any particular woman. A new novel intensely dramatizes the writer and his passions.

Book Review: Princess Elizabeth’s Spy

November 11th, 2012
Princess Elizabeth’s Spy

The redoubtable WWII code-breaking sleuth Maggie Hope returns, this time to safeguard the young girl who will one day come to the throne as Queen Elizabeth II

Book Review: Blood Eye (Raven, Book One)

September 18th, 2012
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Now in the U.S.: an epic, gore-spattered series about a roving band of Viking warriors!

Book Review: The Unfaithful Queen

September 15th, 2012
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Young, vain, unfaithful Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, regularly draws writers intent on finding heroism in her brief life & times; Carolly Erickson is the latest aspirant.

Book Review: I, Jane

September 15th, 2012
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The meek and dutiful Jane Seymour, mother of Henry VIII’s long-sought male heir, takes center stage in a new historical novel about her life and times.

Book Review: Mistress of Mourning

September 15th, 2012
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Tragedy haunted the earliest years of the new Tudor dynasty, and in this atmospheric new novel, a candle-maker and a courier are tasked with finding out why.

Book Review: The Kingmaker’s Daughter

August 20th, 2012
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Best-selling author Philippa Gregory’s new novel tells the story of Anne and Isabel Neville, the Wars of the Roses … and a certain misunderstood bad boy.

Book Review: The Spymaster’s Daughter

August 10th, 2012
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The daughter of Queen Elizabeth I’s chief of espionage has a mind of her own, and in addition to being a dutiful wife to Sir Philip Sidney, she has the makings of an intrepid intelligencer.

Book Review: Jack 1939

August 9th, 2012
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The improbable star of Francine Mathews’ new WWII-era spy thriller: a thin, frail, relatively obscure ambassador’s son from Brookline, Massachusetts named Jack Kennedy.

Book Review: Equal of the Sun

July 21st, 2012
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16th Century Iran comes alive in a new novel

Book Review: Her Highness the Traitor

June 12th, 2012
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A new novel tells the story of two women who played a very dangerous game for the biggest prize of all: the throne of England

Book Review: West Briton Story

April 13th, 2012
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A novel of 6th century England, full of blood and mud and love and valor!

Book Review: Watergate

February 27th, 2012

Thomas Mallon’s latest novel dramatizes the Watergate scandal that brought down the Nixon administration

Book Review: The Forest Laird

February 18th, 2012
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A veteran historical novelist takes on that gigantic freedom fighter, William Wallace

Book Review: Iago

January 27th, 2012

One of Shakespeare’s greatest villains gets a novel of his own – is there creative life after the Bard?

Book Review: The Deception at Lyme

January 9th, 2012
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In Carrie Bebris’ latest Jane Austen homage, the detective duo of Mr. & Mrs. Darcy take a vacation at Lyme, a location the proves scenic, fascinating – and deadly!

Book Review: India Black and the Widow of Windsor

January 7th, 2012
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High society madam and sometime-spy for the Crown, India Black investigates a threat to the life of Queen Victoria herself in Carol Carr’s latest delightful romp.

Book Review: The Favored Queen

January 4th, 2012
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A new novel tries to infuse life and drama into the mousy, deferential person of Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour

Book Review: The Tudor Throne

December 18th, 2011
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Two Tudor sisters fight for a throne – and love – in the latest historical fiction from Kensington Books

Book Review: The Dovekeepers

October 10th, 2011

An ambitious historical novel (about the Jewish fortress of Masada) from a well-loved contemporary novelist

Book Review: Theodora

October 1st, 2011

A lively and refreshingly blunt novel about one of the most fascinating – and polarizing – women in ancient history

Now in Paperback: Tutankhamun

September 1st, 2011
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An engrossing novel featuring the boy-pharaoh Tutankhamun and his steely chief of detectives, Rahotep.

Book Review: Queen Defiant

July 25th, 2011
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An involving new historical novel about the legendary (and all too real) Eleanor of Aquitaine.

New in Paperback: Citizen Washington

July 4th, 2011
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Twelve years after its first appearance, “Citizen Washington,” a historical novel by bestselling author William Martin, gets an attractive new paperback just in time for about a million American summer vacations.

Author Interview: Barry Connolly

May 30th, 2011
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An interview with the author of the debut novel “The Good Thief”

Book Review: The Good Thief

May 29th, 2011
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A heartfelt novel tells the story of the “Good Thief” who was crucified alongside Jesus at Calvary.

Book Review: Queen of Kings

May 27th, 2011
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Queen of the Nile, Queen of the Damned? “Queen of Kings” teaches a valuable lesson about not judging a book by its killer hook.

Forever Nell

April 1st, 2011
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She was an orange-seller, an actress, a whore, and the most popular of Charles II’s many mistresses: Nell Gwynn stars in two new novels.

Wife Number Five

April 1st, 2011

Teenage Catherine Howard weds the older and ailing Henry VIII to serve her family’s ambition, and uses her status to take lovers of her own – risking everything. Novelist Suzannah Dunn spins a fine tale out of the girl’s brief rise and fall.